Display Upload And Download Traffic Speed In The Ubuntu Panel

There aren’t any built-in settings or pre-existing apps to display upload and download speeds in the Ubuntu 11.04 panel, but there is an easy way to do it using a combination of a system monitoring applet, dstat and a short script.

You can use a panel applet called System Monitor Indicator to display realtime upload speed, download speed, memory and CPU usage. It wouldn’t normally display the upload/download speed data, but you can change that by using a short script and a tool called dstat.

It works in both Ubuntu 11.04 and 10.10, whether you’re using the full Unity interface or the slimmed-down Ubuntu Classic.

This quick and easy hack was put together by the folks at WebUpd8, who wrote the script that makes it possible. Hit the link below for step-by-step instructions.

How to display network upload/download speed on the panel in Ubuntu 11.04 [WebUpd8]

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